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by Marcu$ Stanley
August 8th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2077

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

Exactly what I would say. Big red wines that need some time to "open up" usually do it in an hour or two after a quick double decant, i.e. giving the wine some aeration by decanting it to another container and immediately back to the bottle. The only wines that could actually benefit from really lo...
by Marcu$ Stanley
August 6th, 2019, 3:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2831

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

You've got to admire this guy...he realized that the market segment of zillionaires who want to ostentatiously piss away their money was underserved, and he stepped up to the plate. There are thousands of billionaires on the planet and the only wine available at a price they would even notice was DR...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 29th, 2019, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It was 107F in Champagne today
Replies: 36
Views: 4080

Re: It was 107F in Champagne today

That is sunburn ... basically the vine, in the interest of self-preservation, has abandoned those berries and stopped providing them with water so they shrivel. I've seen it happen here in Oregon in 2015 on vines with western exposure and limited water availability on days with 100+ F temps. It is ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 26th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 128
Views: 5666

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

Is $200 a bottle supposed to be cheap?

Tons of excellent Burgundy under $200, wake me when we're talking under $100...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 24th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bordeaux
Replies: 20
Views: 1306

Re: 2015 Bordeaux

how old are you?
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 24th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 210
Views: 10219

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

Maybe this is the wrong way to look at it but: - If you want to drink the "top of the line" Burgundy it will run you $3,000 a bottle in an average vintage and $5,000 in a great vintage. - If you want to drink the "top of the line" Barolo it will run you $700 a bottle in an average vintage and $1,20...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 18th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Growths in First Class, Palmer in Business Class
Replies: 57
Views: 4592

Re: First Growths in First Class, Palmer in Business Class

Isn't that kind of a waste? I thought there were issues with wine tasting weird/bad at cabin pressures. Airlines are like lawyers, the old joke, you know they are lying because the lips are moving John is a lawyer, Harvard grad. Well his lips don’t move when he types so...:-) If you got rid of all ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 18th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 30
Views: 1223

Re: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

I went to an extensive vertical tasting of Leoville Poyferre covering 2000 to 2015 and IMO numerous vintages had issues with lacking lift and acidity, as well as excessive sweetness at times. The problem was the worst in the warmer vintages, very much including the 2009 which all the critics raved a...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 17th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment
Replies: 37
Views: 3306

Re: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment

In my opinion, it’s simply tight supply and demand curves tipped by Asian demand and fueled by more published Burgundy critics than ever before. Twenty years ago, there were Tanzer and Coates, few using Parker-Rovani for Burgundy. Now, with Meadows, Gilman, Galloni, Kolm, and others coupled with el...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 16th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment
Replies: 37
Views: 3306

Re: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment

Yes, this thread needs to be on Wine Talk, it will get no attention here and is misplaced. Could one of the mods move it? (Don't know if OP can). As for Burgundy always selling through, all you need to do is poke around Winesearcher for a few minutes and you can find plenty of examples of excellent ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 14th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment
Replies: 37
Views: 3306

Re: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment

This is very true and I have noticed it as well. With a lot of stock available to backfill, even for Burgundy which has smaller supply than other regions, I wonder if the incredibly rapid inflation in release prices is sustainable. A lot of producers are undercutting their own 2015-2018s with the st...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 8th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 6951

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

I didn’t find the 03 Cos to be at all similar to a big Napa Cab. I can see how the fruitier, richer style would appeal to those who find left bank Bordeaux too earthy, but that’s different than saying it actually tastes like a big Cali cab. The Cos has much lower alcohol (13.5) and a much lighter bo...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 8th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much effect is global warming having on Bordeaux?
Replies: 23
Views: 1195

Re: How much effect is global warming having on Bordeaux?

Bordeaux should be the least worried major region. Cabernet (both kinds) is a pretty heat-flexible grape, they have a lot of freedom in cepage and vineyard location, and they are starting from a pretty cool and rainy baseline. I think Burgundy should be more worried. Pinot is more fragile and their ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 4th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Home Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 1319

Re: TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Home Vineyard

It feels like whenever I see someone describing a Rhys Pinot it is about how the wine is not ready to drink yet. Has any human has yet tasted a Rhys Pinot at maturity?
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 2nd, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1268

Re: books ?

Cork Dork was very enjoyable if shallow.

AJ Liebling's memoir of 1920s Paris "Between Meals" is about more than food and drink, but there is a ton of great writing about food and drink in there. A truly great book:

by Marcu$ Stanley
July 2nd, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6779

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Odd that nobody has brought up the subject of "higher alcohols". From my observations (and a few comments from winemakers), higher octane wines seem to produce a higher % of higher alcohols. IMO, it is the added presence of these puppies that add to the negative experiences... TTT what are "higher ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
July 1st, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6299

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

Current DDC tends to be less distinctive than in years past, thanks to its consultant, Dererencourt. The wines are still very good, but lack that terroir complexity I find in older wines... To be honest, for me, the wines of DDC are way below the quality of their wines of the past. The reason there...
by Marcu$ Stanley
June 27th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6779

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Great explanation from Todd, thanks! That description fits how I experience wines in the comfortable range for me, e.g. 12.5-13, I feel like I can drink a fair amount comfortably if I space it out over time. All the people saying it's a matter of simple linear arithmetic -- come on. How much alcohol...
by Marcu$ Stanley
June 26th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6779

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

At 15%, drinking and entire bottle of wine yields 3.75 oz of alcohol. 13% takes it down to 3.25 oz of alcohol. If you killed two entire bottles on your own, the difference would be 1 oz of alcohol consumed. It wouldn’t seem that from drinking an entire bottle’s worth of wine the extra half ounce wo...
by Marcu$ Stanley
June 18th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 794
Views: 37234

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Further nit-picking: "Nothing about this wine has slowed down." Slowed from what? Does all wine start out at the speed of light and then quietly settle in to an easy trot by the time it's bottled? It's an interesting way to write though. She seems to be using words as punctuation marks. Where one m...
by Marcu$ Stanley
June 18th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 794
Views: 37234

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Time to put the brakes on that metaphor! La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano Riserva Magnums 2007 "This wine represents a crowning achievement among an elite group of magnum-only delayed releases. The 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Valeirano (Magnum) is nothing short of magnificent. It is intense and articul...
by Marcu$ Stanley
June 12th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 794
Views: 37234

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Another term for the LPB bingo card: "decadently fruited." I guess that's equivalent to Parker's favorite, "hedonistic." 2018 Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges, Puisseguin-St.-Emilion ...scents of plum preserves, Black Forest cake and Chinese five spice with wafts of potpourri and fragrant earth. F...
by Marcu$ Stanley
June 12th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 794
Views: 37234

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Another term for the LPB bingo card: "decadently fruited." I guess that's equivalent to Parker's favorite, "hedonistic." 2018 Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges, Puisseguin-St.-Emilion ...scents of plum preserves, Black Forest cake and Chinese five spice with wafts of potpourri and fragrant earth. F...
by Marcu$ Stanley
June 11th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices
Replies: 30
Views: 2733

Re: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices

This is a good article and the statistics are revealing. Thanks for posting. People are wrong to dismiss it. The average price per bottle purchased globally, by all consumers, is completely irrelevant to people posting on this board. We are not ordinary consumers. It also irrelevant to most people w...
by Marcu$ Stanley
June 7th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 6951

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Re the Dunnock statement, he says that big Bordeaux now "offer pleasure" in their youth. Sure, because they are "smoother" and more selected and engineered to have big slick fruit. But that doesn't mean they are anywhere near ready. The mouthful of fruit you can get from a modern young Bordeaux is n...
by Marcu$ Stanley
June 7th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 6951

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

I had the 2000 Pichon Baron a month or two ago and it was fantastic. Stored since release at 55 degrees, just emerging from its shell, lots of primary fruit and at the front edge of what will be a very long drinking window. My quick notes were: "A wow wine right out of the bottle, no decanting -- on...
by Marcu$ Stanley
June 2nd, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 2120

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

Are the smartass answers because nobody knows or you just a bunch of smartasses ? Smartass answers for dumbass questions. I know Alan takes a lot of heat around here but I don’t think this is a dumb question at all. I think it’s a great question and really interesting. It’s a very common assumption...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 30th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4315

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

You can get great vintages of Pichon Baron for $165, have a hard time believing that MacDonald is better if you like deep, intense, but restrained and elegant Cab.
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 30th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2857

Re: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine

I'd assume bare minimum would be emails to every address you have for person (over a period of months) certified letter to last address simple google search (Eliza Kwon de Alvarez is not exactly common name, and she seems to have active social media presence) -hard to believe couldn't contact Not t...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 30th, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4315

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

Is there any wine region in the world that offers the value Bordeaux still does in the $35-50 range? You can still get excellent classed growths like Branaire Ducru or various Margaux in that range, or new right bank up and comers like Tour Christophe
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 29th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2016 Chateau La Conseillante - my first amazing (important?) experience with 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 1337

Re: TN 2016 Chateau La Conseillante - my first amazing (important?) experience with 2016 Bordeaux

A strength of Conseillante traditionally is that it is not "thick", it has great fruit but a certain lightness of touch.
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 29th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 3259

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

There isn't always a stylistic equivalent, wines are obviously very individual. I think that's true of quite a number of wines.
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 29th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 3259

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

With little exception, I tend to drop them all once they break $150 - much better to just buy older wines w/great provenance whenever getting spendy like that. I agree with this in principle, in fact I'd go lower down to $100, but it is starting to look like all Burgundy premier and grand crus made...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 26th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16073

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

To Mark G... No idea who you are reading. But the comment about there being “No Must Have 2018 Bordeaux” is IMO, uninformed! Having tasted and posted on the best 600 wines of the vintage, at least in my eyes, or should I say palate, there are several wines to buy, at various price levels that warra...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 25th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 794
Views: 37234

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Those explosion metaphors started to get really common about a decade ago as "critics" pushed the boundaries of hyperbole. Makes me think of a hand grenade in the glass, loaded with shards of dark chocolate and cherry, ready to go off in your mouth. A room full of pasty middle aged critics dodging w...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 20th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau
Replies: 12
Views: 999

Re: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau

Great notes, but honestly the writing makes the Cuvee Reservee sound like a better wine than the da Capo, despite the scores. To me a "huge, freakish, incredibly assertive" wine with alcohol poking through sounds worse than a beautifully classic wine that is aging well but keeping great fruit. What ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 15th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 794
Views: 37234

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

One can't help palate differences, but writing is a craft. If you write thousands of TNs a year, you should in theory improve if you work at it. I may not agree with Jancis Robinson's palate but man she can write. One of the best ever from Galloni (lol): "The 2008 Dom Pérignon is fabulous... <snip>...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 14th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2250

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Chris Seiber wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 1:05 pm

Birth Year Wines - How Thrilled Your Child Will Be to Drink Old Wine with the Parents on the 21st Birthday
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Awesome - completely apropos, as well.
+1, hilarious!
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 14th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4456

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

I think the “softness” of the Bordeaux resale market is real, especially as reports start surfacing that 82’ are getting to be past prime. 89, 90 are robust, but there are relative deals to be had elsewhere. It’s just that 2015/16 prices are so inflated that old stocks seem a deal by comparison. In...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 14th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4456

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

I think that auctions still offer some savings compared to *current* retail, but because current retail has gone up so fast people feel instinctively that they are not getting a bargain. When I looked up the prices for some of the wines Rob Weaver posted above (see post #2), the 2003 Poyferre, 2009 ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 13th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4456

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

Or am I becoming senile (or both)? I can’t speak to sparse, but if my “winning” bids at the most recent Zachys’s auction are any indication, I would say there are no deals out there. After premium and tax: 2010 Leoville Poyferre $140 2010 Bouchard “Baby Jesus” $110 1989 Pichon Lalande $210 2012 Tog...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 12th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2448

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

it's early yet, but 2014 might end up being the non-VOTC VOTC at least for the 21st century. Per Cellartracker people are loving it out of bottle, plus it was a relative bargain if you bought in early.
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 12th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16073

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

I would guess it’s because of the Vinous review at 96-99 that called it one of the best wines of the vintage. I don’t think a score of 96-99 puts you among the best wines of the vintage does it? I thought the new Bordeaux scoring system was 100 points very good wine, 96-99 pretty good wine, 90-95 a...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 12th, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 794
Views: 37234

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

I have to pick on my friend Leve for using two terms that I have never seen before in a note - caliginous and mellifluous! 2018 Les Carmes Haut Brion – Caliginous in hue, the wine exudes tobacco, smoke, blackberry, pepper, flowers, and spearmint. On the palate, you’ll find density with lift, intens...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 12th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16073

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Whoa, 750ml bottles of 2018 Calon Segur at Total Wine are sold out. Do you know why it's sold out? Did I miss a memo? 2018>2015 for Segur? I see 2015 for $85 I would guess it’s because of the Vinous review at 96-99 that called it one of the best wines of the vintage. I don’t think a score of 96-99 ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
May 6th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre
Replies: 11
Views: 710

Re: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre

Jim, Limestone soils pretty much universally impart an intensely salty, mineral flavor, and a more tonic sense of body. Geologically speaking, the same band of limestone is found in the white cliffs of dover, Chavignol (heart of Sancerre), Chablis, and the prime white wine sector of the Côte de Bea...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 29th, 2019, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking
Replies: 34
Views: 3728

Re: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking

At this point I mostly read retailer emails for the unintentional comedy value. At least this is intentional.
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 28th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2565

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

If you are really looking for quick and easy from New York, skip the Finger Lakes and instead go to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; it fits the bill. I can't wait to go back to Pearl Morissette. And unbeknownst to most Americans, Canada is actually a foreign country as well. Clearly. if you are looki...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 28th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9067

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

You're right that the modern techniques (short macerations, roto-fermenters, small, new oak barrels) in the Langhe didn't come into vogue until the late 80s. But this notion that there was pervasive pour hygiene in places like Piedmont and the Northern Rhone before the 80s is just a myth. Sure, the...
by Marcu$ Stanley
April 26th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 794
Views: 37234

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

I think "pixelated" is somehow meant to be an analogy for the fineness and precision of detail of the fruit, so like you are tasting each individual bit of fruit that makes up the whole, like pixels in a computer image. (Before you comment -- I didn't say it was a *good* analogy!)

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